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Bella, Ivan
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Slovak pilot cosmonaut 1998-1999. First Slovak astronaut.

Status: Inactive; Active 1998-1999. Born: 1964-05-25. Spaceflights: 1 . Total time in space: 7.91 days. Birth Place: Brezno.

Graduated from regular military school in 1983. Graduated from Military Academy in Kosice, 1987. Colonel in the Slovak Republic Army. Pilot at 33rd Air Force Base in Malacky, Slovakia. Training from March 25 - August 1998 at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.. Later served as Military Attaché for Slovakia in Moscow.

More at: Bella.

Family: Cosmonaut, International Group - 1997. Country: Slovakia. Spacecraft: Mir. Flights: Soyuz TM-28, Soyuz TM-28 Mir EO-26/-27, Soyuz TM-28 Mir EP-4, Soyuz TM-29 Mir Stefanik. Agency: Slovak AF. Bibliography: 4452, 5156.

1964 May 25 - .
  • Birth of Ivan Bella - . Nation: Slovakia. Related Persons: Bella. Slovak pilot cosmonaut. Flew on Mir Stefanik. First Slovak astronaut..

1998 March 2 - .
  • International Cosmonaut Training Group selected. - . Nation: Slovakia. Related Persons: Bella, Fulier. Slovak astronauts trained for flights to the Mir space station..

1999 February 20 - . 04:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Soyuz TM-29 - . Call Sign: Derbent. Crew: Afanasyev, Bella, Haignere. Payload: Soyuz TM s/n 78. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Afanasyev, Bella, Haignere. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev bureau. Program: Mir. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TM-28, Soyuz TM-28 Mir EO-26/-27, Soyuz TM-29, Soyuz TM-29 Mir Stefanik. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TM. Duration: 188.85 days. Decay Date: 1999-08-28 . USAF Sat Cat: 25632 . COSPAR: 1999-007A. Apogee: 357 km (221 mi). Perigee: 341 km (211 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.52 min.

    Soyuz TM-29 docked with Mir on February 22 at 05:36 GMT. Since two crew seats had been sold (to Slovakia and France), Afansyev was the only Russian cosmonaut aboard. This meant that Russian engineer Avdeyev already aboard Mir would have to accept a double-length assignment. After the February 27 departure of EO-26 crew commander Padalka and Slovak cosmonaut Bella aboard Soyuz TM-28, the new EO-27 Mir crew consisted of Afanasyev as Commander, Avdeyev as Engineer and French cosmonaut Haignere. Follwoing an extended mission and three space walks, the last operational crew aboard Mir prepared to return. The station was powered down and prepared for free drift mode.

1999 February 28 - .

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